With the Affordable Care Acts new reporting requirements fast approaching, employers and their benefit advisers need more than ever to keep abreast of whats happening with the ever-changing health care reform law. Here are five ACA issues the national law firm Epstein Becker Green says employers need to be following.
Employers inability to provide clear and effective career management tracks may be forcing their more goal-oriented workers the very employees they need to retain to jump ship.
Open enrollment is a stressful time for benefit managers and employees alike. More than half of U.S. employees say the traditional open enrollment process to sign up for health care benefits is a waste of time and a miserable experience. In fact, the enrollment process is so unpleasant for employees that 20% of them would rather watch a movie about the life of Lindsay Lohan than complete it.
Commentary: Take this small step now, says consultant Wendy Keneipp, and become the feared competitor in your market.
Commentary: You only get one chance to make a first impression. Columnist Mel Schlesinger shares his tips on how to make that first appointment with a prospective client a successful one.
A study conducted by the Trust for Americas Health found that one in five Americans (62 million) get the flu each year. Despite the numbers, fewer than half of Americans (45%) got a flu shot during the 2012-2013 flu season.
The features and services that you think workers will appreciate and use may be completely different than what employees actually desire, so communication is key - maybe even in the form of a company survey. Easy access is also key to better utilization.
Commentary: October is National Depression Awareness Month. Jeff Guardalabene, a mental health case manager with Standard Insurance Company, offers these tips on how to help your employer clients navigate this important but often uncharted territory.
Most employers think they are doing a better job communicating about the companys employee benefits than their employees think they are. Benefit and payment solutions provider Alegeus Technologies offers tips for better communication during open enrollment.
Tips to help benefit advisers, benefit managers, and other benefit professionals stand out (in a good way).
In a world where instant gratification and customization are a way of life, workplace wellness programs havent kept pace, says Scott Haverlock, senior manager, talent & total rewards with Niagara Bottling, Inc. and a keynote speaker at this years Benefits Forum & Expo.
Communication will be a critical component of benefits administration in the future, according to Aflacs Teresa White, who outlines benefit and HR trends for the upcoming year.
Commentary: Health insurance companies, health care professionals, politicians, academics and public health advocates all have opinions about what health care reform in America should look like.
Patients with a consumer-driven health plan receive fewer preventive services than patients in traditional health plans, a study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute found. The results give advisers an opportunity to work with clients to proactively address any differences in quality between CDHPs and traditional plans.
The health insurance landscape is more complicated than ever. One national brokerage firm is leading the charge in providing direct guidance to their clients and clients employees through a centralized call center system.